Benoy has scooped a mammoth multimillionpound retail chunk of a £6 billion property development to be built at Kowloon Station in Hong Kong. The practice, which was approached because of its award-winning Bluewater retail scheme, beat five other firms from the UK and US to win the £100 million job from the Mass Transit Railway Corporation (MTRC) after a competition and two months of presentations. It will work with a local firm on designs for the site, which is directly above the Terry Farrell-designed transport interchange and will be in a podium below four massive skyscrapers, the tallest of which will rise to 108 storeys.
Benoy chairman Graham Cartledge said: 'It's an absolutely tremendous boost for my business, particularly when retail and leisure in the UK is on a bit of a down. It'll give us an international reputation.'
The two-storey 90,000m 2project will be threaded through and around the 13.55ha site formerly masterplanned by Farrell, running along the coast of the Kowloon peninsular overlooking Hong Kong island. Kowloon station is on both the new Lantau suburban line and the Airport Express Line to Chek Lap Kok airport and Hong Kong central.
Cartledge added that he thinks that good retail design is crucial to the commercial success of any development: 'The complexity of the site is a new challenge for us to evolve our architectural signature and create a landmark retailing heart.' The design aims to move away from typical enclosed malls with an opened up roof level and 'park in the sky' landscaping.
The entire development includes more than 6,000 residential apartments, 250,000m 2of offices, two hotels and the shopping centre - a complete new city district, according to MTRC project manager Andy Blackburn.